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Campus fully open June 1
Bryant University will fully open its campus on June 1, 2021, with all employees working on site at its 428-acre Smithfield campus.
This aligns with guidance from public health experts and guidelines from the State of RI, which indicate it is safe to resume 100% office capacity on May 28. Bryant is one of the few universities in the nation to complete the academic year at nearly full (94%) residency and with no interruption of classes held in person and is the only university in Rhode Island to hold Commencement ceremonies on campus for both graduates and guests. Commitment to the health and safety of Bryant’s campus community has included more than 130,000 tests for COVID-19 and strong support for vaccines. A campus-wide committee will work throughout the summer to plan for fall opening Sept. 4-6.
Bryant will welcome incoming students and their families to campus for in-person Orientation programs. Dr. Inge-Lise Ameer, Vice President for Student Affairs, notes, “Orientation in person allows our students to connect with faculty, staff and peers and forge lifetime connections. They will begin their Bryant experience in person and start the process of developing lifelong friendships, mentoring opportunities and their path of how they will contribute to the Bryant community.”
Updated masking and social distance policy
In alignment with the CDC and other recently revised guidance from public health experts, Bryant is updating its policy on masking and social distance outdoors, specifically for individuals who have been fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated individuals when outdoors no longer need to wear a mask, except in crowded settings and when not able to keep 3 feet apart from others. When individuals are indoors, masks are still required even though we have had almost no instances of transmission in indoors settings other than social gatherings.
Please remember that everyone still needs to adhere to the public health requirements still in place.
Two-week vaccine documentation program
As more members of the Bryant community continue to get vaccinated for COVID-19, on Monday, May 3, the MAC Surveillance Testing Center will begin a two-week vaccination documentation program designed to help maintain Bryant community vaccine records with Bryant Health Services.
Beginning May 3, fully vaccinated students, faculty members or staff members may bring their completed vaccination card to their surveillance testing. As a reminder, students who are fully vaccinated need to continue to test twice weekly. Faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated need to continue testing once per week.
If you are fully vaccinated but exempt from surveillance testing – as a virtual student working remotely, or currently in the 90 days following a positive result – please email a copy of your vaccination card to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 401-232-6702.
Starting on the 15th day after the final dose of vaccination, individuals who have a new close contact exposure to COVID-19 will be exempt from quarantine. The final dose of vaccination is the second dose for Pfizer and Moderna, and the single dose for Johnson & Johnson.
May 7: Walk-in vaccine appointments, latest data, vaccine documentation, commencement weekend, more
Apr. 30: Vaccine documentation, commencement weekend, masking protocols, more.
Apr. 23: Vaccine Day, new testing data, move-out info, summer session registration, more.
Apr. 16: Vaccination updates, new testing data, commencement plans, international/domestic travel info, more.
Apr. 9: Vaccination eligibility, commencement schedule, new testing data, student events, more.
Apr. 2: New testing data, commencement schedule, vaccination updates, summer session registration, more
Mar. 26: New testing data, commencement updates, vaccination updates, telehealth, more
Mar. 19: New testing data, plans for in-person residential life in fall, in-person attendance at athletic events, more
Mar. 13: New testing data, commencement plans, summer session registration, more
Mar. 5: New testing data, decline in positivity rate, 2021-22 academic calendar, dining hours, family Zoom panel, more
Feb. 27: New testing data, hy-flex learning option, info on care packages, virtual events/activities, more
Feb. 19: New testing data, increased testing guidelines, family Zoom panel, vaccine distribution info, more
Feb. 12: President's Day schedule, CDC guidance on masking, Zoom backgrounds, ice rink hours, more
Feb. 5: Testing info, outdoor activities, athletics guidelines, vaccine distribution, more
Jan. 29: Preparation for campus arrival, testing protocol, prior positive COVID test info, vaccine distribution, more
Jan. 26: Testing protocol for returning to campus
Jan. 22: Spring academic calendar, testing info, move-in expectations, testbooks, WiFi, more